- Increase awareness and deepen knowledge about the causes and consequences of the Transatlantic Slave Trade - including modern forms of slavery and racism - through educational exchanges, sharing best practices and developing and diffusing educational material; to increase teachers’ knowledge of the TST and sensitize and shape the attitudes of pupils.
- Develop positive attitudes through intercultural dialogue promoting understanding and a commitment to work towards a future free from racism, discrimination, and intolerance.
- Facilitate cooperation and twinning between schools within the triangular network of Associated Schools in Africa, the Americas/Caribbean, and Europe in order to ensure a systematic exchange of information and common projects on the development of new and innovative teaching material and educational approaches.
- Improve teacher training about the TST with special emphasis on the psychological and human rights dimensions of the subject
- Mobilize schools to ensure that teachers and students understand the meaning of 23rd August, the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
- Create a synergy between schools, universities, museums and archives to support the project and the teachers who carry out its mission
- Promote the preservation and protection of places of memory related to the slave trade as well as its intangible heritage.
Some 25 major TST encounters have taken place since its beginning enabling a fruitful intercultural dialogue and interaction and a common commitment to combat all forms of discrimination and contemporary forms of enslavement.
The TST has brought together teachers, educators, students, historians and heritage specialists at both regional and interregional levels in a climate of mutual respect, sharing and solidarity. The project stipulates that each time a major event takes place in one continent, it includes representatives from the other two.